Long-time Republican strategist Karl Rove has gone on the offensive against Donald Trump, telling the president that his “over the top” and generalized attacks against American media need to stop.
Appearing on Fox News’ America’s Newsroom, Rove said the President’s claim that the press is the “enemy of the people” doesn’t sit well with him and “just grates on me.”
Rove then turned his attention to comparing Trump’s attacks to that of the Cold War.
“I grew up during the time of the Cold War. That is a phrase that was used by Stalin against the enemies of the Communist regime. I think the president would be well advised to tone down the rhetoric.”
Rove admits that U.S. Presidents, by their very nature, are going to have some issues with the American free press. Rove then explains that he “didn’t like the coverage” President Bush received, specifically by The New York Times.
Rove stopped short of saying President Trump should completely call off the hounds. Instead, he suggests the President should take aim at publications on a “case-by-case basis” instead of “calling names” which Rove says “is not helpful to our country from any side.”
In the meantime, Trump is unlikely to head the warning set forth by Karl Rove. When the President feels cornered he prefers lashing out at his critics rather than engaging in intelligent conversation. Lately, the President must be feeling overwhelmed because his attacks have only increased in recent days.